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New York Film Academy Online Workshops

Online Workshops offered at New York Film Academy

Two NYFA special projects students concentrate on their shot through a Red camera.


NYFA's "Hands-Online" Workshops are active creative learning experiences where you will participate, from home, in every class, interact with your teacher and classmates, and create original work. Each workshop includes live interactive instruction, group meetings, and additional one-on-one consultations with the instructor.

Workshops offered in:

Film & Media Performing Arts 2-Week Online Workshops Start Dates:
  • August 31, 2020 - September 11, 2020
4-Week Online Workshops Start Dates:
  • August 31, 2020 - September 26, 2020
  • October 5, 2020 - October 30, 2020
  • October 26, 2020 - November 20, 2020
15-Week Online Workshops Start Dates:
  • September 14, 2020
  • January 18, 2021
  • May 10, 2021
  • August 30, 2021

Please note: Online Workshops schedules will vary slightly starting from September start dates.

Regular programming: 4 and 2-Week Online workshops meet daily, Monday through Friday, unless otherwise specified in the workshop description. Schedules are as follows:
  • 60 hours total, 2 classes per day, unless otherwise noted.
  • Times of classes:
    • 12:00 -1:30 p.m. and 2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Eastern Time;
    • 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Pacific Time;
    • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Central European Time
Workshops for Asia Time Zones: 4-Week Online Film Directing and 4-Week Online Acting workshops are also offered for times more appropriate for Asia time zones. Here is the schedule:
  • 2 Classes per day, China Standard Time
  • Times of classes:
    • 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. (1st class)
    • 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (Break between classes)
    • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (2nd class)
Orientation on the first day at 8am, China Standard Time

Other Workshop Durations & Schedules

We offer other programs with varied duration. Their specific details can be found in the workshop descriptions below.

Tuition: Click here for tuition details


This workshop focuses on how a filmmaker writes, preps for and directs a short film while focusing on the fact that good storytelling is never about the technology but rather the story and the acting.

Through a series of online lectures and guided exercises this workshop will cover the tools available to help implement the Director’s vision in the unique narrative structure of the short film they write. Examined in depth this course covers including but is not limited to the necessary elements that make a good scene/story, how a director breaks down the written word into visual shots and creates point of view, getting good performances from the actors and designing a visual strategy for their story.

Students participate in a series of lectures, discussions, and in-class screenings to further hone their understanding of the art and craft of directing. This class has a special focus on pre-production and the elements of visual storytelling. A coherent visual approach to each proposed film should be arrived at by course end.

In addition to the short video exercises produced throughout the first three weeks of the program the student also compiles and submits a Visual Director’s Book that must contain: shooting script, script breakdown, floor plans, shot list, lined script, director's notes and visual references.

Weekly Breakdown/Focus
  • Week 1: Visual Literacy/Understanding the Language of Cinema
    • Practicum: Mise-en-scene Exercise
  • Week 2: Elements of Story & Continuity
    • Practicum: Continuity Exercise
  • Week 3: Building Character & Creating POV
    • Practicum: POV Exercise
  • Week 4: Putting it all together
    • Practicum: Visual Director’s Prepro Book
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Asia Time Zone:
2 Classes per day, China Standard Time
  • 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. (1st class)
  • 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (Break between classes)
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (2nd class)
Orientation on the first day at 8am, China Standard Time


This workshop is focused on understanding the basic principles of cinematography with a combination of online lectures, analysis of the history of cinematography, camera and basic lighting technology and techniques, including an introduction to editing and color correction using Davinci Resolve (free download available).

The students will test what they learn during the online lectures with 3 exercises that are designed to be realized using a digital camera of their own possession, including a cell phone if nothing else is available.

Projects are:
  • Composition: As directed during the Production Lab prep class the students will create a series of shots to practice and test the knowledge of composition and the technical elements of cinematography (focus, exposure, color, basic camera movements).
  • Continuity: The student will create a small scene, within a space that is safely accessible to them, in which they will use different framing, angles of view and available or self-made light to build the narrative. Could be fictional (ex: a mystery presence in the room) or documentary (ex: a family member/partner baking a cake)
  • Montage: For their final film, the students will pick an abstract concept (ex: fear, excitement, love, solitude, etc.) and film images that will describe it visually either on their own or combined with others. The project focuses less on the narrative aspect of filmmaking and more on the capacity of cinematography to deliver a subtext of significance to otherwise unrelated images.
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This Online Photography workshop is constructed to deliver a great deal of content in a short time and is an exceptional opportunity for an intensive education in photography for four weeks. The course will cover Adobe Lightroom classic, camera operations, elements of exposure, the history of photography through 1960, and a deep dive into the creation of personal projects.

Classes: Photo 1, Imaging 1, Vision and Style, History of Photography

Students will need:
  • A DSLR camera and lens (any focal length) that has manual controls
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic (available for $10 per month)
  • Computer
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This Online Producing workshop gives students a comprehensive overview of the entire producing process. Courses include: Producer's Craft (explores every aspect of Creative Producing), Line Producing (in addition to tuition, students must purchase Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting software, using the special New York Film Academy discount code for a total cost of $300. Students will own this software even after the course is completed), Pitching (an essential producing skill), Entertainment Law, Film Finance, Film Festival Strategies, as well as an introduction to the various crafts of filmmaking including: Screenwriting, Directing, Camera/Lighting, Sound and Editing. Graduates of the program will gain practical and pragmatic skills, tools, and knowledge, enabling them to develop and hone necessary skills for a career in the film and television industry.

Classes: Producer’s Craft, Line Producing , Pitching, Entertainment Law, Story and Screenwriting, Film Finance, TV Industry Overview, Film Festival Strategies, Case Studies, Intro to Editing, Intro to Camera/Lighting, Intro to Sound, Directing for Producers

Additional cost: Additional cost: There will be an additional approx. US$300 cost incurred during the workshop for Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting software. During the course, you will be provided with a student discount code to purchase the software directly through the software company's website. Students will own this software even after the course is completed.
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Tuition: $473

We are bringing the very popular New York Film Academy 2-Day Line Producing Workshop online! In this workshop, participants learn all aspects of production management in a virtual hands-on setting. Central to the course is Movie Magic Scheduling and Budgeting software.

Workshop Schedule:

The workshop is offered on the weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. There are two classes each day:
  • 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Additional cost: There will be an additional approx. US$300 cost incurred during the workshop for Movie Magic Scheduling and Movie Magic Budgeting software. During the course, you will be provided with a student discount code to purchase the software directly through the software company's website. Students will own this software even after the course is completed.
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This Online Digital Editing workshop is designed to serve the needs of students from a wide array of professional, personal, and educational backgrounds. For students contemplating a longer-term education in editing or a career in the industry, it is an excellent introduction to the field. Students will edit various projects over the course, including a montage and two short narrative scenes.

In daily meetings, students are instructed on critical skills such as starting a project, making cuts, post-production workflow, sound design, media management, basic effects, and other advanced concepts.

Editors hold one of the most critical roles in the filmmaking industry. Filmmakers rely on an editor’s storytelling and digital editing skills to shape the narrative of their story in post production and to polish their films. Editors are not solely limited to the film industry; they work in many areas of media, including news, documentaries, television, and web series.

The New York Film Academy’s 4-Week Digital Editing Workshops provide students with instruction in editing theory, techniques and the fundamentals of digital editing. Students not only gain experience by editing various projects but they also learn the art of storytelling. They will master various theoretical concepts of editing and how to practically apply those theories.

Weekly Breakdown/Focus
  • Week 1 and 2:
    • Premiere Pro/Getting to know the software
    • Creating a Montage (Theory)
    • How to efficiently log footage, Open a project, Basic Editing
    • Audio/Implement audio and perform audio mixing
    • Project 1: Montage
    • How to correctly export your project with the appropriate settings
    • Intermediate Sound/Advanced audio mixing techniques
    • Creative Storytelling/Be a better storyteller.
    • Intermediate Editing techniques
    • Project 2: Basic Narrative Scene
    • Screening and Critique, Project 1 and 2.
  • Week 3 and 4:
    • Introduction to Graphics and Effects
    • Color Grading and Correction
    • Project 3: Intermediate Narrative Scene
    • Photoshop/Intro
    • Project improvements for an advanced, polished look.
    • Screening and Critique, Project 3 and 4
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This program is designed to immerse students comprehensively in both the technical craft and the conceptual art of Digital Post Production. Students learn the fundamentals of non-linear editing on their own Avid Media Composer Station.

In addition to giving students a firm grounding in the craft of editing, the course gives students the opportunity to become Avid Certified Users with an Avid Certification test in the final week of the program. The course covers Avid's Media Composer 101 Fundamentals I and Media Composer 110 Fundamentals II, which will give students a strong grounding in all the skills necessary for successful editing in an Avid environment. In addition to learning how to set up projects, input/output media, trim, and create effects, students will be doing additional creative projects throughout the course, including a dialogue scene, a music video. Students will also be introduced to color grading with DaVinci Resolve.
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Our 15-Week Online Screenwriting workshops offer instruction in specific areas of screenwriting, whether it be feature-length film scripts, television, or comic book writing, each of the workshops is structured to deliver intensely focused and challenging lessons to help students improve their skills and develop projects of which they can be proud.

Our 15-week online screenwriting courses can be taken sequentially to follow the natural arc of project development, or taken a la carte to fulfill the exact needs of each student’s current goals.

15-Week Online Screenwriting workshops offered:


This Online Screenwriting Workshop will provide students with a hands-on experience on what it means to be a screenwriter in the film industry. Students will learn the basic building blocks of story - structure, character, dialog, and industry-standard formatting. They will use these tools to develop an original idea for a feature film into a detailed outline. The program focuses primarily on the basic tools all writers need to develop their stories. It provides a fundamental knowhow relevant to anyone who wants to write cinematically for the screen.

Students will complete the program with a Short Treatment and Detailed Beat Sheet for a Feature Screenplay, ready to go to pages. Students will have written script pages (practice scenes) for the Elements of Screenwriting portion of the program.

Sessions: One class subject each day, divided into two 1.5 hour sessions with a break in between.
Classes: Elements of Screenwriting, Feature Screenwriting Workshop

Also see our 15-week online screenwriting programs.
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With over 580 shows currently broadcasting on TV, cable, and streaming services, there’s never been a better time in history to be a television writer. The 4-Week Online Television Writing program will prepare the emerging writer for every phase of TV Storytelling; from developing a concept, building characters, and pitching their ideas to crafting an outline and ultimately writing the teaser and first act of the teleplay (Half-Hour Sitcom or One-Hour Drama).

Topics covered in this course include but are not limited to: anatomy of the sitcom, building the one-hour drama, and the differences between network and cable shows. Students will complete the program with a Character Biography, Five-Minute Pitch, Detailed Outline, Completed Show Bible, and Teaser and First Act of their TV Show.

Sessions: One class subject each day, divided into two 1.5 hour segments with a break in between.
Classes: Feature Writing Workshop, Elements of Dramatic Narrative

Also see our 15-week online screenwriting programs.
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Offered for regular programming and additional workshops available for Asia time zones. To view schedules, click here.

This workshop offers an intensive hands-on curriculum, developed in collaboration with award-winning broadcast, cable and online journalists. Through both study and hands-on practice, students are trained in the fundamental principles, techniques and craft of digital journalism.

Students first learn, and then put into practice research, writing, interviewing, reporting, video/audio recording, editing, and producing skills. They also come to understand the impact digital and cross-platform distribution is having on traditional journalism. During teacher-supervised Production Workshops, the process of producing, shooting, interviewing and sound recording for news projects is put into practice prior to going out into the field.

Visual storytelling is an essential aspect of digital journalism. Students develop their storytelling skills through a combination of lecture, demonstration, in-class exercises and the students' own work. Emphasis is placed on the key production skills utilized a wide range of program types, including national and local news, sports news, entertainment news as well as fashion/lifestyle news.

Students spend significant time, both inside and outside of class hours, creating their projects.

Program Requirements:
  • Smart Phone with a camera
  • Filmic Pro app (additional student cost is approximately $14.99)
  • Month-long subscription to Adobe Premiere Pro (additional student cost is approximately $31.49)
  • Laptop or desktop computer with minimum specs for editing (see table below)
Suggested Resources:
  • Microphone for smartphone (optional) may cost an additional $60-$150
  • External hard drive (optional) may cost an additional $30-$200
Weekly Breakdown/Focus
  • Week 1: Basic Training - Students participate in interviewing, writing, shooting and editing exercises
  • Week 2: The Voiceover - Students shoot and edit a 30-second Voiceover segment
  • Week 3: The News Package - Students create a 90-second News Package
  • Week 4: The Interview Profile - Students produce a short video profile, in which an engaging character tells his/her own story
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This online 4-Week Survey of 3D Animation & VFX workshop is designed to deliver a bird’s-eye view of the tools, pipelines, and careers available in 3D animation and VFX. The course will cover basic introductions to modeling, texturing, rigging, lighting, rendering, compositing, and VFX. This survey course offers a window into the magnitude of the industry, giving the student a hands-on perspective of all its possibilities and a glimpse at some emerging technologies.

Additional Costs: Please note there may be some additional costs for software costing upto $165. This will depend on the student’s choice to use either trial versions for free or to purchase software with provided student discounts. Examples of software include Autodesk Maya, V-Ray (or Arnold), Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Adobe After Effects (or Nuke), word processing, web design tools, presentation tools.
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This course provides a foundation of knowledge for understanding games as playable systems. Students learn the language of Playcentric Design and practice the craft of prototyping, playtesting, and iteration in an environment independent of computers. This is to provide the student hard skills that can be used throughout a career in games – transcendent of changing technologies.

The student will:
  • Understand Fundamental Theory – See how any game breaks down into Formal, Dramatic, and Dynamic systems. And learn how the three interrelate.
  • Learn Core Development Process – Acquire the skills of prototyping, playtesting, iteration, presentation, and collaboration. These timeless skills can be applied to all game types present and future.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice– All students prototype multiple games -on paper regardless of technical skills. All students gain extensive experience critiquing and analyzing games via formal playtests with fellow students.
At the end of the course each student will have a portfolio of playable game prototypes.

Classes include:
  • Playcentric Design Principles
  • Play Mechanics Hands On Workshop
  • Playtesting and Iteration Lab
  • Prepping Your Online Game Portfolio
Students must have a computer that is capable of running Unity 3D (free) and Zoom (free for attendees).
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This online intensive Acting program will help develop the skills you need to compete in the business of acting. Students will learn how to choose and workshop monologues, explore how to produce their own original material, discover how to break down and prepare a script, watch and discuss great performances from some of the best talent in the industry, and prepare for the business by learning how to self-tape and submit for auditions. This unique experience is a wonderful way to study at New York Film Academy with people from all over the world, with the convenience of an online platform.

Classes: Text in Action, Monologues, Voice and Speech, Audition Technique, New Media, Performance Analysis
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Asia Time Zone:
2 Classes per day, China Standard Time
  • 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. (1st class)
  • 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. (Break between classes)
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (2nd class)
Orientation on the first day at 8am, China Standard Time

With professional VO artists Deidre Goodwin and Kristy Cates and Producer/Engineer Jonathan Appell

  • 5 weeks long meeting Monday and Wednesday
  • 25 hours total
  • One 2.5-hour class per day
  • 4:00 - 6:30 p.m. ET
  • It is recommended you have a usb mic for this class
Step up to the mic and dive into the world of voiceovers. This introductory workshop breaks down what it takes to pursue a career as a voiceover artist. Over the five weeks, students will study different areas of voiceover including commercial, promo and animation, how to take care of your voice, the basics of setting up a home studio, how to create your own voice over demo reel and how to pursue a career in the voice over industry.


This online Musical Theatre Workshop introduces students to the integral skills required for success in the musical theatre field and teaches them how to prepare themselves for the various demands of a musical theatre career. It is designed for individuals with singing and movement abilities who may or may not have prior experience on a musical theatre stage. Upon completion, students will have gained invaluable knowledge and experience in the art and craft of musical theatre through the convenience of an online platform.

Classes: Acting, Performance Lab, Ballet, Jazz/Theatre Dance, History of Musical Theatre, Voice Studio Lab, Audition Technique, Basic Music Theory

Additional cost: Once weekly one-on-one voice lessons (four total) for an additional US$250.
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